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Meanwhile, by the 1990s, New Order and its approaches radical Islamic leaders had to Western business. Many begun spreading violent anti- Muslims felt that Indonesia was Western views within Indonesia. accepting Western influence. This At the same time, a new influence offended many Muslims. generation of young people Many demanded a return to democracy. felt that their culture and heritage And in 1997, southeast Asia were being sacrificed. It didn’t faced a major financial crisis. help that only Suharto and his Indonesia’s economy was hit associates seemed to benefit hard.

One of the was forced to give many of his main elements was better relations responsibilities to Suharto. By with the West, and the United March 1967, Suharto was named States in particular. acting president. The following This was a change in foreign year, he was officially elected. policy. Suharto also changed the Suharto used the term “New politics of Indonesia itself. For Order” to describe Indonesia’s example, Suharto saw the PKI THE ARMY AND PKI For nearly two decades, Sukarno managed to keep the support of both Indonesia’s armed forces and the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

30 (see box) as a threat. He was never again play a part in national determined that the party would life. After weeding out pro-Sukarno officers, Suharto Scattered papers are all that remain of a PKI office that was attacked during the anticommunist violence of increased the role of the armed forces in Indonesian politics. 31 COUNTRIES IN CRISIS THE NEW ORDER TURNING A BLIND EYE No one cared, as long as they were communists that were being butchered. No one was getting very worked up about it.

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